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At What Age Do Infants Learn To Bang Two Blocks Together
6 months: Infants generally start to grasp objects around 5 months of age, and often pass them back and forth between their hands around 5.5 months. Keep in mind that some kids are a little early and some kids are a little late. Plus or minus 1 month or so is still appropriate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really depends: It depends on when first diagnosed, many of the 1-2 year olds are so used to the injections given by their parents, that they ask to give it a try. I highly recommend that parents take a very proactive and supportive role in their child requiring insulin. By making it a normal healthy routine, the child will not fear it, but recognize its importance to keep the child safe & away from the er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At what age can children start flossing on their own? Our five year old son fights us whenever we try to brush his teeth, and tries to grab the toothbrush to do it on is own. I don't think he does a very good job. Is five too early to let him do this?
Yes: At 5 children usually do not have the dexterity to do a great job brushing or flossing on their own. If your son wants to do it himself i would encourage this but then make sure you "get a turn" to ensure that his teeth are properly cleaned. At 5 a brushing chart is usually an effective tool to help ensure twice daily brushing. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
At what age should a baby be reaching out for their parents to pick them up? Or reaching towards them? My 6 mo. old reaches for food & toys but notus
6- mo.-olds learn : some things " by accident". When he reaches up with his hands & looks at your face, respond by smiling & picking him up. He should repeat the behavior, an early sign of social communication. He should regard your face, babble interactively, roll a ball back toward you & show stranger anxiety. Use the screens on first signs.org. If concerned, use www.mofirststeps.com/UI/Referral/ReferralOnline.aspx ...Read more
At what age does a child begin or should a child start to understand right from wrong? At some age they are old enough to know better bad from good.
Piaget & Kohlberg : are worth your researching. From behaviors modeled by parents & parental discipline (teaching) style, 18-mo.-5 yr. old kids begin to understand adult rules based on rewards for "good" & unpleasant consequences for "bad" behavior. From 5-10 yrs. kids think of what's right & fair as immutable, adult-made rules. From 10-12 yrs., children "get" that what's " right" may change with the situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a class that can teach young first time parents how to be parents and what to expect at birth?
Prenatal class: Often, pediatricians in your area will have prenatal classes, which also serve to introduce you to their practices and help you decide which doctor to pick for your baby. Also, the hospital at which you plan to deliver your baby should have classes on everything from breastfeeding and infant care to CPR training (which all parents should take). Congratulations on your new addition! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not for babies: It's actually a misnomers bc Aspirin should not be given to babies. Since the 1980's, it's known that a serious condition called reyes' syndrome can occur if toddlers are exposed to aspirin. The cdc had since warned pediatricians to avoid Aspirin & aspirin-containing products in flu and chickenpox, and later in other viral febrile illness. The term now denotes the 81 mg rather than the 325 mg. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At what weight can a kid take the 10mg dose of loratadine? Bottle says "age 6" but my kids small. What weight?
Well tolerated: I wouldn't worry much about the dose level.This medication has one of the safest profiles of any of the over the counter medications. The suggested dose for 2-5 is 5mg and a dissolving tablet is available in some local.Adult studies found no increased benefit or side effects with a double dose of 20 mg. So having a smallish 6 yo take the 10 would be fine. ...Read more
Can 4 weeks of fetal IUGR (AC measures 3% at 25w, back to normal at 32w) cause future adverse consequence/risk to boys when they grow up to adults.
Hard to say: The potential causes of slow fetal growth are many and the impact often unknown until the kid grows up. If it were fetal infection the potential adverse outcome would be considered more worrisome than a simple "poor placenta" issue. I would love to give you a clear answer but in most cases we just have to wait. ...Read more
What kind of vitamins should I buy to help increase height at 17 before its too late to improve my height ? I'm 5'1 at 17 , no diseases .
Be happy and healthy: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's little a person nor his doctor can do to increase height. An adults' multivitamin (which includes vitamin d) is fine to take, but won't change height. ...Read more
What to do when staff at nursing home does not give our loved one what is needed, we try to point that out and they gang up and give us cold shoulder?
Chain of command: You did well to talk directly to caretakers first. But since they gave you cold shoulder, call and set up appointment with the nursing supervisor. If care does not improve quickly, next go to home's director. If serious enough to constitute abuse, call your state's elderly abuse hotline - just google "elderly abuse hotline and your state". Finally, you need to drop in unannounced at different time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is three old enough to allow a child to floss on their own? When trying to floss his teeth, our three year old son keeps trying to grab the floss and saying that he can do it. What is the best age to allow them to floss on their own?
Not even close: Eye-hand coordination for brushing not there 'til l5-7, flossing 'till 9-10. This is one of those parent things where you have to insist. Let him brush and floss, but you have to get in there after him and clean what he can't. Make it fun. Sing songs, try pea sized portions of various toothpastes, have him sit in your lap facing away from you when you floss him. You have to do this for him! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does 5-9 hours gymnastics stunted children growth? My children loves gymnastics but I am afraid to send them to more intensive training. They currently do 1-2 hours/week only.
Gymnastics: it is not necessarily the number of hours per week spent doing gymnastics. Issues with growth revolves around less than adequate nutrition intake during the optimal periods of childhood growth, while performing gymnastics. Adequate caloric intake, of healthy foods, is of utmost importance. A discussion with your pediatrician, or HealthTap prime consult, can help lay out more instructions for you. ...Read more
Do accelerated orthodontics work any differently on kids and adults? My daughter needs braces, and i'm thinking about getting them myself at the same time. Is there any difference in how accelerated orthodontics on adults versus how they might work on kid
Your : Your daughter, assuming she is still growing, will have a huge advantage over you as far as ease of tooth movement is concerned. This is because all the elements of bone remodeling is already at work in her growing jaws. Accelerated orthodontics will level the playing field somewhat, but you should be aware of how much surgery it requires. Find out if you need it for all your teeth or for just a small problem area. It could make a big difference in how much post operative discomfort you will experience. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Should I expect my ex27 week preemies to gain weight at a rate similar to other kids their age? @4yr the 3rd 5th or 11th %ile, should they stay there?
Yes, usually: By age 4 years, most ex-preemies follow a percentile line pretty well, on the regular growth chart. The extremely disabled ex-preemies can have trouble growing due to their multiple problems, and may not follow the regular growth chart. A pediatrician can periodically measure a child to see whether or not more needs to be done to help with growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Societal mores: There is a trend in modern generations for more sharing of work between the two partners in a marriage. And many more women work outside the home, sometimes being the only source of income. The fathers now do more child care, more household chores and function more as partners. Some are lucky enough to be able to do much of their work by internet at home as well. ...Read more
Difficult to answer: Your mother is very important, but so is school. You should try to help out with your mother as best you can, but get assistance from other family, friends, and community resources. Your motive is noble, but you should not jeopardize your future by quitting school. Speak with your mother's social worker that should be working with her oncology team. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In young children how can you tell the difference between add and behavior issues, especially in boys. My son is 7 - unsure of what to do to help him?
Standard tests: There are a number of different standardized tests that have been made to differentiate between disorders like add, odd, conduct disorders, anxiety disorders, childhood depression - the list goes on.All of these can cause behavioral symptoms. You need to find a pediatrician who has a special interest in behavioral problems, or a developmental pediatrician or pediatric psychiatrist to help sort out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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